- Jesus is calling us here to promote the peace of God, His shalom - wholeness, completeness, to live a life that is face to face with Him, and entirely abandoned to His will, reflecting His likeness. We must have a real relationship with Him, be walking in true shalom, before we can help someone else find their shalom.
- In helping others find their shalom, we are helping them to know God - through witnessing with our lives, sharing our faith with others and serving them in the name of God.
- The idea of 'making' peace is active - we cannot only HAVE God’s shalom, but to actively MAKE it, to PROMOTE it, to ensure that those around us also have shalom.
- God promises that we will be welcomed into the kingdom of God when we not only live in personal shalom, but promote it with those around us.
Genesis 4v1-16: Cain and Abel: v.9
“Now peacemaking is a divine work. For peace means reconciliation, and God is the author of peace and reconciliation. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the particular blessing which attaches to peacemakers is that ‘they shall be called sons of God’. For they are seeking to do what their Father has done, loving people with His love” - John Stott, The message of the cross
“Being a peacemaker is part of being surrendered to God, for God brings peace. We abandon the effort to get our needs met through the destruction of our enemies. God comes to us in Christ to make peace with us; and we participate in God’s grace as we go to our enemies to make peace.” - Stassen and Gushie, Kingdom Ethics